Visitors will discover artifacts dating back from the City’s founding in the early 1900’s; through the 1960’s. The Depot was closed at a time when rail travel no longer held the sparkle and excitement it had enjoyed for so many years, and goods and people were now moved by trucks and automobiles. To celebrate Kingsville’s 100th Birthday, the structure was restored and the museum opened its doors on July 4th, 2004 – 100 years to the date that the city was Chartered. Today, photographs are exhibited in chronological order so visitors can enjoy viewing the history of Kingsville and the importance of the train coming through the community, as well as artifact that give insights into life on the rail. The museum’s personality changes daily with the personality of the Volunteer for the day. Manned by caring volunteers of Kingsville, each person brings the variety of exhibits to life through the love and excitement they feel for the museum.
One of the most popular exhibits, though small, is an operational telegraph. This in itself is special, but if you are fortunate enough to visit on the day that the station’s volunteer telegraph operator is on duty, she will show and teach you how messages were sent in Morse Code. On another day, you might hear stories about how a volunteer’s father or a grandfather worked on and rode the rails. On another day, you could hear the story of families that rode to Kingsville looking for a new start on life and ranched and farmed land that is still in the same family today. Come see why we love the Depot and learn about the history of our community.
Address: 102 E Kleberg Ave, Kingsville, TX 78363
Phone Number: (800) 333-5032 or (361) 592-8516
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.